ICC Conference: Beyond Technological Innovation and Diffusion

The Drivers of Economic Change and Economic Coordination:
from Knowledge and Technology to Organizational Learning and Industrial Dynamics


December 12-14, 2016
Haas School of Business :: University of California, Berkeley


Held almost thirty years ago, the Conference on Innovation and Diffusion in Venice, 1986, has been a landmark in the development of the Economics of Innovation as a distinct and rich domain of investigation of economic analysis – featuring many of the contributors to the field and more generally to the analysis of economic dynamics driven by technological and organizational change, from Freeman to Arrow, Nelson, Rosenberg, David, Pavitt, Stiglitz, Winter, and many others.

And nearly a quarterly of century ago the journal Industrial and Corporate Change was established with most of the same players and many more as editors, scientific advisors and members of a variegated but quite visible college.

As both anniversaries are approaching, the editors of Industrial and Corporate Change (ICC) are planning to organize a major Conference that takes stock on the advances reached in Venice 1986 and moves the frontier forward by tackling several new major themes and at the same time scouting the challenges ahead. Please click here for more information about ICC.

Both the Venice Conference and ICC address from different angles the two major interpretative questions which cut across the history of economic discipline: first, the drivers which sustain for the first time in human history the secular growth in the industrialized part of the world, and, second, what keeps together -with varying degrees of “orderly” success- a complex system made up by multiple heterogeneous interacting agents.

Since Venice 1986 much progresses has been made on several fronts, but also some apparent set-backs have taken place. For example, we certainly know much more about the characteristics, dynamics and effects of innovative knowledge, but at the same time the discipline has tried to reduce knowledge accumulation to information acquisition and to some equilibrium response to “incentives”. We know much more about industrial dynamics – the patterns, the historical interpretative narratives, the statistical properties, the way to model it in a meaningful way- but at the same time theoretical interpretations tend often to rationalize the evidence by means of increasingly sophisticated and increasingly fictional agents.

Below you will find a tentative program with the topics and the main speakers/discussants under each subject. Speakers should have presentations of 20 minutes, followed by open discussion of about 10 minutes. Official discussants have maximum 15 minutes each.

Nathan Rosenberg

Nathan Rosenberg

Nathan Rosenberg has been one of the key originators of the Economics of Innovation, a major protagonist at the Venice Conference and among the founders of ICC. He has been a fundamental contributor to the advancement of the entire domain of the analysis of technological change and its impact on industrial dynamics and economic growth. Indeed, the opening day of the ICC Conference will be dedicated to Nate Rosenberg and its legacy.


Conference Themes and Tentative Program


Session 1: MONDAY December 12, 2016, from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

Technology, industry evolution and the anatomy of knowledge generation mechanisms

The role of technology and knowledge in industry dynamics and economic development. From scientific search to technological paradigm, to role of knowledge, to national, sectoral and regional systems of innovation.

10:00 am – 12:30 pm

and Opening Remarks
Invited Speakers Discussants
David C. Mowery Alfonso Gambardella
Ashish Arora
Timothy Bresnahan
Annetine Gelijns
Paul Nightingale
Luigi Orsenigo

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

and Opening Remarks
Invited Speakers Discussants
Richard R. Nelson Ron Boschma
Alessandro Nuvolari
Francesco Lissoni & Valerio Sterzi
Fredrik Tell
Roberto Mazzoleni

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Opening Remarks by Barry Eichengreen

The legacy of Nathan Rosenberg and the importance of economic history

Round Table with Kenneth J. Arrow, Paul David, Giovanni Dosi, David C. Mowery, Richard R. Nelson, Gavin Wright

(Chair: David Teece)

6:30 pm

Dinner in honor of Nathan Rosenberg (Host: David Teece)

Session 2: TUESDAY December 13, 2016 from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

Firms and organizations

Beyond ”market failure” interpretations of firms’ origin and functioning. Toward a constructive theory of organizations grounded upon the permanent tension between collective capabilities, incentive and power.

9:30 am – 11:00 am – Profiting from technological innovation

and Opening Remarks
Invited Speakers Discussants
David Teece Bronwyn Hall
Mariana Mazzucato
Benjamin Coriat

11:30 am – 13:00 pm – Firms and Organizations

Opening remarks Invited Speakers Discussants
Sidney Winter Daniel Levinthal and Luigi Marengo
Giovanni Gavetti
Robert Gibbons

2:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Firms and Organizations

Chairman Invited Speakers Discussants
Oliver Williamson Markus Becker and Nathalie Lazaric
Florian Artinger
Gary Pisano
Stefano Brusoni
Stefano Breschi
Christos Pitelis
Gino Cattani
Michael Jacobides
Giovanni Valentini

Session 3: WEDNESDAY December 14, 2016 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

The structure and evolution of industries

Ubiquitous heterogeneity in innovative capabilities and performances; uneven patterns of learning and market selection; differentiated effects of finance upon corporate and industry dynamics; industrial life cycles.

9:30 am – 1:00 pm – The structure and evolution of industries

Chairman Invited Speakers Discussants
Franco Malerba


Rajshree Agarwal
Marco Vivarelli
Roberto Fontana
Andreas Pyka
Gianluca Capone
Carliss Baldwin
Uwe Cantner

2:00 pm – 5:30 pm – Industrial Dynamics

Chairman Invited Speakers Discussants
Giovanni Dosi Javier Miranda
Alex Coad
Giulio Bottazzi and Federico Tamagni
Marco Grazzi and Daniele Moschella
Elena Cefis and Orietta Marsili
Eric Bartelsman
Angelo Secchi

5:30 pm – Closing address Richard R. Nelson